Survey Finds Majority of Users Still Willing to Pay for Security Software

A new survey reveals that around 3 percent of all computer users surf naked on the web, which is to say they choose not to protect their PC with any security software at all, as opposed to literally surfing naked (a statistic we care not to know, thank you very much). That means the vast majority are rocking some form of antivirus protection, and most pay for their security software, according to an Internet survey conducted by AV-Comparatives.

Out of the 4,715 computers users from around the world who anonymously participated in the survey, 39.6 percent said they's running a paid Internet security suite solution, and another 15.6 percent run plain antivirus software that's not free. That means 55.2 percent are willing to throw money at security software, versus 41.9 percent who go the pro bono route (37.5 percent use a free antivirus solution and 4.4 percent run a free security suite). But even though paid security is finding a larger audience than the freebie alternatives, the gap is closing.

Antivirus Pie Chart

"Just over half of respondents employ a paid-for security solution, compared with two-thirds last year," AV-Comparatives notes in its report. "Correspondingly, use of free programs has risen to over two-fifths. This suggests that users may be growing more satisfied with the range and quality of free security programs."

What do users look for in security software? The three most popular qualities, all of which were rated by 60 percent of respondents as being important, are good detection rates, good malware removal capabilities, and low impact on system performance. Using a product from a well-known vendor was the least important.
NickModrowski one year ago

Comodo Internet security FTW. My friend says antivirus slows the computer too much so he goes bare. I just shake my head.

Sevags one year ago

I consider anti-virus software to be just as bad if not worse than an actual virus! They slow down a computer, they at times make using a computer nearly impossible, and removing them can at times be just has difficult as removing a virus.

The last time I paid for anti virus was back in 2001 it was norton and I had to do a complete format just to get rid of it. I now use MS secure essentials ans between that, not using email, and not visiting porn sites, my computer is very safe.

Sevags one year ago

Nick your friend is right no need to shake your head.

If you're smart and know what you're doing you're pretty safe. I've only ever had 2 viruses and I installed both intentionally to see what happened back when I was new to computers. Even my mom with no protection on her laptop has never installed anything bad other than web toolbars and weather apps on accident.

WarrenEarls one year ago

Free antivirus is perfectly fine. Most users are dumb enough to click on anything, or believe a bogus window that says (your flash player is out of date) or (a virus has been detected).

realneil one year ago

[quote user="WarrenEarls"]Free antivirus is perfectly fine.[/quote]



I use free AV programs on everything except my Linux boxes

KOwen one year ago

If users torrent a security suite do they fall under the free or paid section in that pie chart?

sackyhack one year ago

I've been happily using MSE for years. It's got a small footprint and gets updated pretty regularly. The last paid one I used was Bitdefender because I didn't know about all of the great free options. It was supposed to be one of the best ones on the market but it caused all sorts of havoc on my system. Switched to MSE and haven't looked back. My dad insists on using Mcafee and I just cringe every time I think about how difficult it is to completely uninstall it when I finally convince him to switch.

realneil one year ago

[quote user="sackyhack"]My dad insists on using Mcafee and I just cringe every time I think about how difficult it is to completely uninstall it when I finally convince him to switch.[/quote]

McAffee and Norton suck big time. As someone already said, they're a lot like having an infection on your PC.

When it's time to uninstall it, use Revo-Uninstaller to monitor the uninstall process and remove everything completely.

It works for me every time.

Dave_HH one year ago

If it's well built, light weight on resources and robust, I'd pay for it any day of the week.

realneil one year ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]If it's well built, light weight on resources and robust, I'd pay for it any day of the week.[/quote]

I'd like to be able to do the same thing, but I have to be kind to myself with 6 PCs in the house. Average prices for pay AV solutions is $50-$60 per year, and I can't afford to spend that, times six, every year.

The free solutions that I have seem to work great for me, so I'm happy with them.


rapid1 one year ago

I use Panda Cloud and have for a few months now. Prior to that I ran nothing personally and have not since day one of the internet really. I got one virus many years ago. I am careful though about what I open etc and have run pre-scan software (which scans attachments/email before opening them and I also use Firefox and Chrome where you can open everything fully and examine it prior to fully opening things as well. Either way I have been on the net as many of you have since it began as well as prior to the public thing back in the BBS days etc and have generally seen most antivirus as a resource hog generally. As long as you keep a relatively active backup of everything important etc a virus cannot do much to you really either which I of course have always done.

BJew one year ago

There aren't really any good and free security/anti-virus programs.  I would rather pay for a subscription than have a a virus take out my whole system.

EdwardSlaughter one year ago

Free protection is pretty close though. VP like McAfee and older Norton's are pretty much bloatware for your computer. I've heard Norton 360 isn't too bad in detection, but I'm sure it's all kind of fun to remove as always. I've also heard Kapersky is not too bad, but I believe it is paid, unless i'm thinking of avast. Anyway... Superantispyware is good, but not necessarily needed since it's mainly for spyware (though it does get them ALL out). I personally stick to Avira. It's free and catches the one virus that may trick me up every 3 or so months.

Most viruses just scream virus nowadays. Even more so when you open up task manager and BAM there it is plain as day.

Clixxer one year ago

Ive always just used AVG and a combo of malwarebytes and CCleaner. I also havent gotten a virus is years and do not do to much except watch what sites I go to and what I download. 

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